Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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Emergency teams from Hastings are busy scouring the area below the falls of the Vermillion River where a body was seen floating. Teams are searching to recover an adult woman. Witnesses reported seeing the woman enter the river near the park along 21st Street. She was quickly sucked under the fast-moving water, then apparently went over the waterfall. The person was seen floating below the falls by another group of witnesses. A possible victim has been identified.
No, you won't be able to pull up and order a cheeseburger or onion rings this weekend at Porky's drive-in, but you will be able to see it restored. The drive-in is one of several new features planned for the Little Log House Antique Power Show, set to run July 29-31. The show will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The pioneer village is located south of Hastings along Highway 61 at 220th Street. Porky's was saved from the dumpster earlier this summer when organizers at the pioneer village stepped in to save it. The land the St.
Two burglars from the Twin Cities didn't have a very good exit strategy when they drove here Wednesday afternoon. The two men parked their vehicle in a residential neighborhood in the 2400 block of Southview Drive, got out and walked away. That behavior struck a resident of the neighborhood as bizarre. The resident didn't recognize the car or its occupants so he picked up his phone and called the Hastings Police Department. Officers checked out the car, but couldn't find the two men. They left and an hour later the alert resident called back.
Just how big the evergreen tree was, Janet Stein couldn't tell for sure. What she did see, though, was her mischievous son, Adam, climbing it. It was Monday night and the Stein family household just south of New Trier had filled up with Adam's friends and with the Steins' family. Adam had died tragically early Sunday and everyone gathered to keep the Steins company and to talk about Adam. It was then Janet saw the video of Adam, on an annual snowmobiling trip to Wyoming, scaling that tree. As he advanced up the tree branch by branch, he was encouraged by his friends to keep going.
Here is a preview of this week's police report. The complete report can be found on Page 4A of the print edition of the Star Gazette. A 16-year-old being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Hastings was acting strangely at 10:33 a.m. July 12, so a search of the juvenile was conducted. A small amount of marijuana was found inside a cellophane wrapper inside the juvenile's anus. A person using the restroom at a bar along Second Street in downtown Hastings lit the handle of a hand soap dispenser on fire in the men's bathroom.
Don Farrington, a Hastings Police Department patrol officer, is the subject of an internal investigation at the department and is no longer employed by the city. His last day of employment is July 16. State statutes prohibit the department from releasing any information about the cause of the investigation. That information would only be made public when the matter concludes.
The search continues for a Hastings mother who abducted her 5-year-old son in June. Wendi Lee Bartell Dimm disappeared with her son, 5-year-old Timber Dimm. Timber was to spend the summer with his father, and Bartell Dimm has since been charged with a felony count of depriving another of parental rights. A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for her, but the trail has run cold. "Given the length of time that has passed since Timber was taken and the lack of leads we have been able to develop, we are increasingly concerned for his safety and well-being," Schnell said.
1999 Hastings High School graduate Jeff Taffe is coming back to Minnesota. On Tuesday, he signed a one-year contract with the NHL's Minnesota Wild. The timing for the move couldn't have been better. This spring, Taffe and his wife Jenni sold their house in Arizona and bought one in Lakeville. Earlier this summer, Taffe got a call from his agent, who told him the Wild was interested. From there, things fell in to place. "I've always wanted to come back and play here," Taffe said.
Hastings' newest police officer has been on the job for three weeks now. He's Ozzy, a German Shepherd police dog who is on patrol here with officer Mike Schmitz. Ozzy replaces Eis, who retired earlier this year. After 12 weeks of training that began in March, Ozzy graduated from K-9 school in St. Paul in late May. He started on the job here on June 1 and has already been out on a few searches and on a couple warrant arrests, Schmitz said. "He's getting activity," he said.
1999 Hastings High School graduate Jeff Taffe was signed over the weekend by the Minnesota Wild. He inked a one-year deal with the club. Taffe has played in 175 NHL games during his career. He has been with a number of clubs, spending last year with the Chicago Blackhawks. He played in one NHL game with the Blackhawks and spent the rest of the season in the American Hockey League with the Blackhawks' top farm team in Rockford, Ill. he had 30 goals and 67 points in 74 games for the IceHogs.